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The Sweet Project in collaboration with The Open University is offering internships of up to two years to enable students to progress to Stages 2 and 3 of the Social Work degree course.

The Open University Social Work Programme is a work-based route delivered in collaboration with students’ employers. Therefore students cannot normally register for the degree unless they can secure a sponsorship from an employer.

Through the Internship Scheme, The SWEET project will provide practice learning opportunities (PLOs) to successful candidates to enable them to study the practice learning modules at Stages 2 and 3 of The Open University degree. The duration of the PLOs complies with current regulatory requirements, currently 70 days on the first placement (year one of the internship) and 100 days on the second. All placements will be based in Birmingham.

The current (2018) round of applications is for students seeking to join the first practice learning module Applied Social Work Practice (K216) in February 2019. In order to be eligible for an internship, students will be required to:

  • meet the minimum entry requirements for entry to the OU social work degree (click here for information)
  • have completed and passed the OU modules that comprise Stage 1 of the degree programme (click here for information)
  • successfully complete the selection process, which includes a formal interview, written test and group activity, and…
  • have completed (or be currently studying) the module The Law and Social Work in England and Wales (K270).

To continue onto the second year of the Internship, students will need to meet the criteria for admission to the practice module K315, which are to pass K216 and either have completed or be studying towards their OU level 3 option module. It is expected that students will take their option module in October 2018, and K315 in February 2019, in order to complete the internship within a 2-year period.

Please note the Internship Scheme does not include a right to employment and will not attract a salary or payment of any kind. It is the responsibility of students to organise their own finance for the module fees and to be able to travel to Birmingham and surrounding areas at their own expense, every day for the duration of each PLO.

There will be a selection process based on joint interviews to be held in November with The Open University and The Sweet Project. Placements will commence in February 2019.

For information on how to apply contact Deb Groves, Operations Director at The Sweet Project on 0121 458 2270 or For more information about the Social Work degree click here, or contact our enquiry line on 01908 654 229 or email

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